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February 8, 2016

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February 8, 2016

Oct. 5, 2015 — Regrowth of trees explains why grasslands in western Africa known as the Sahel have recovered after devastating droughts in the 1970s and 1980s, according to research. Previous studies have suggested ... read more

Sep. 28, 2015 — Fluctuations in extreme weather events, such as heavy rains and droughts, are affecting ecosystems in unexpected ways -- creating 'winners and losers' among plant species that humans depend ... read more

Human Activity Affecting Microbes in Soil

Sep. 23, 2015 — Agricultural inputs such as nitrogen and phosphorous alter soil microbial communities, which may have unintended environmental consequences, new research from an ecologist ... read more

How Does Soil Differ Across Earth's Biomes: Great Plains, Coastal Wetlands, Deserts

Sep. 15, 2015 — Moisture content, organic matter, and the color of soil varies across the United States, researchers ... read more

Soils Protect the Natural Environment

Aug. 27, 2015 — No matter where you live, soils protect the natural environment around ... read more

Aug. 27, 2015 — A new study has found that the genetic diversity of wild plant species could be altered rapidly by anthropogenic climate ... read more

Aug. 6, 2015 — Woody plant encroachment is one of the biggest challenges facing rangelands worldwide, but it consistently has been under-measured and poorly understood, said an expert who is trying to change both ... read more

Unprecedented Worldwide Biodiversity Study

July 16, 2015 — Humans depend on high levels of ecosystem biodiversity, but due to climate change and changes in land use, biodiversity loss is now greater than at any time in human history. A leading global ... read more

July 8, 2015 — Thirsty cities, fields and livestock drink deeply from aquifers, natural sources of groundwater. But a study of three of the most-tapped aquifers in the United States shows that overdrawing from ... read more

June 22, 2015 — Fifteen years of warmer, drier winters are affecting California's wildflower diversity, scientists report. Grasses and wildflowers may be able to withstand the current drying period through ... read more

June 12, 2015 — The rapidly rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere affect plants' absorption of nitrogen, which is the nutrient that restricts crop growth in most terrestrial ecosystems. Researchers ... read more

Land Management Practices to Become Important as Biofuels Use Grows

June 9, 2015 — The handling of agricultural crop residues appears to have a large impact on soil's ability to retain carbon, making land management practices increasingly important, especially under a scenario ... read more

June 4, 2015 — At times during the past 10,000 years, cottontails and hares reproduced like rabbits and their numbers surged when the El Niño weather pattern drenched the Pacific Coast with rain, according to an ... read more

June 2, 2015 — New research has found that the 6 gram brown thornbill mimics the hawk alarm calls of neighboring species to scare a nest predator by convincing it that a much bigger and scarier predator -- the ... read more

Birds of the Ice Age Give Clues How Today's Birds Will Adapt

May 21, 2015 — A new study focusing on the birds of the Ice Age has shed light on the long term response of birds to climate ... read more

May 20, 2015 — The same spring rains that lessen producers' concerns about drought can also lead to soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Keeping soil and fertilizers where they belong--in the field--benefits ... read more

May 6, 2015 — Shifting to renewable energy sources has been widely touted as one of the best ways to fight climate change, but even renewable energy can have a downside, as in the case of wind turbines' ... read more

Apr. 28, 2015 — Several species of fish — including the peppered chub and the plains minnow — were found to be severely declining in the Great Plains. A new article documents a reduction in water flow in Great ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Disease shapes plant communities and determines the outcomes of environmental change, weed invasions and agriculture and forestry management strategies. Whether or not a disease devastates a plant ... read more

Apr. 22, 2015 — Small insects self-organize the traffic on their trails to accommodate greater numbers and speeds. Rather than slowing down, ants speed up in response to a higher density of traffic on their trails, ... read more

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